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The High Price Of Used Flatbed Gooseneck Trailers!

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I've been running want ads for a month now trying to buy a good used 24' flatbed gooseneck trailer. I've just about given up on finding a good used one that suits my needs.They either arent equipped the way I want,need tons of work,or are priced almost as high as a new one.

I have several friends that sell new trailers so I went to see one of them this morning.He can sell me a new 102" by 25 ft with dovetail and ramps for $3850.It weighs 5000 lbs,has (2) 7,000 lb axles with brakes and 16" tires.He just sold a used 4 year old twin to the above trailer for $3200 which is way more than they paid for it new.Just (2) years ago the $3850 dollar trailer sold for only $2900!The high price of steel and lumber is sure driving up trailer prices.

I've been watching ebay and anything used that I'm interested in is 500-1000 miles away!

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I have been driving 275 miles south to Sikeston Mo to get trailers for people seems to be about the cheapest place around ,they have 3 different companys building down there + it keeps the MRS happy she gets to go to lamberts and get rolls throwed at her .

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I agree with Chad on the 3850 price. I am also looking for a used one and found one up in Iowa for 3850 and it sold before I could look at it. Most of the 25 footers around here are going up in the mid to high 4's. That is with 7K axles and flip up ramps. I think both lumber and especially steel is what is driving up the prices.

If you have any pics of these trailers post one on here and lets see what you are looking at. I may be interested in one also.

Thnx!

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Blaine ,I hardly ever buy equipment new ,but I did buy my 24 ft goose-neck trailer like your looking at new ,it has 2 ,7000#axles w/brakes . I went with the 20+4 because believe it or not that foot shorter seems not to drag coming out of fields as much . I use mine to haul hay an equipment , I gave $3100 brand new in 2001. Took it by the guy I bought it from to trade on a tandem dually trailer ,he offered me $3800 in on trade!

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Blaine there is a guy up here that buys a new one every year and sells it on the winter sale. He gets more than he payed for it new in MO and gets a years use out of it. I think you are getting the same feeling.

Glad to see you back here :)

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I have been driving 275 miles south to Sikeston Mo to get trailers for people seems to be about the cheapest place around ,they have 3 different companys building down there + it keeps the MRS happy she gets to go to lamberts and get rolls throwed at her .

There is a whole crapload more than three down there building trailers, at one time (when I used to be there quite often) there was about fourteen or fifteen building them, but may not be that many now.

The best racket I know of (and I am not stretching the truth one bit) is to buy a trailer at Sikeston and use it til the floor rots out (they aren't treated unless special ordered) then take it to the auction sale and somebody will pay new price for it.........then buy another new one...............sixteen foot tandem utility trailers have been known to bring more than new price. :wacko:

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HTA your right but I only know of 3 there you can easyly double your money up here in Spfld on most any trailer made down there.

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At $3,850 he must be selling it to you pretty much at his cost compared to the prices I've seen around here. If you can I'd try to get a trailer with LED lights and three fold over ramps so when the ramps are folded over you will have a full 24' flat deck, plus with the third ramp you can load a narrow front tractor easier. The LED lights will cost a little more but they will last much longer and they are much more visable.

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That's a good price Blaine, you better grab it. I priced a Travalong very similar to what you are describing and it was over four grand in 2002. I bought my three axle Travalong with the 27 foot bed instead and it was over five grand in 2002.

If he has any more of them like that for that price, I may know of someone who would be interested in one also. If so, send me a pm with the name of the outfit and a phone number.

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Guys,this is the last trailer at that price which is cash and no trade..A 2007 will be $75 higher which is still a good buy.After I make up my mind I will let you know.I need to go over to Dederick,MO and give my friend Dwayne a chance on a new Bulldog trailer.

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Blaine,

Let us know about the quality of the trailer you look at. There may be some guys on here including myself that might be interested in one. You can send me a PM if you have the guys phone number. Even with the increase for 07, that is still not a bad price IMO.

If you get one bought please post a picture of it!

Thanks,

Mike

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Blaine,

Let us know about the quality of the trailer you look at. There may be some guys on here including myself that might be interested in one. You can send me a PM if you have the guys phone number. Even with the increase for 07, that is still not a bad price IMO.

If you get one bought please post a picture of it!

Thanks,

Mike

http://www.starlitetrailers.com/goosenecks.html

I think this is the trailer place that he gets them from.I dont know if you can buy directly from the factory?They make them at both Claremore,OK and Archie,MO.Archie is close to me.

http://www.starlitetrailers.com/gn20%2B5ta...mpstandard.html

This sure looks like the trailer I'm wanting to buy.

I hope this helps.

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That looks like a pretty well built trailer to me. From what I've seen of comparable trailers around here they are $700-1,000 higher than that.

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I had the same trouble looking for a used 24ft goose neck. I ended up buying a Kauffman trailer new from the manufacture for 4,100.00. it weighes 4600lb. Mine is 102x24. has full slide 60" ramps, pop up dove tail, spare tire, 1 10K lb jack and chain box all for 4100.00 brand new. I had to drive to NC to get it but i still got it 1800.00 cheaper than a Bri-mar trailer which are made 25 mins from my house. i dont understand that. its been a good trailer post-24-1168451982_thumb.jpgpost-24-1168452055_thumb.jpg

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I own a Starlite gooseneck trailer. Its a 27 + 5 20000 GVW. Its heavy. Somewhere around 6500 lbs I think. They are a reasonably priced trailer, maybe not as slick on the finish details. Some of the cuts and welds are a little ragged but solid. I think they build with off the shelf steel so there probably isn't as much cost as custom formed shapes. No real complaints about it. Rollie

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I 100% agree with Rollie, when I bought mine the trailer dealer had starlite too! The ones he had were REALLY rough finished ,on the back frame for the dove tail starlite had made some cuts with a torch that were were the worst cuts with a torch I ever seen . They were about $500 cheaper than mine ,but I think structurally they were as good or better ;)

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One thing about a new trailer is for the most part, all you have to do is hook up and go. Mine is four years old now, probably has 3000 miles on it at the most and I have yet to have a flat tire, even. I did replace one marker light that quit working is all I have had to do to it.

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If memory serves me correctly, 1967806 - Dan has a Starlite trailer. I think he has been happy with it. Maybe he will see this and add his $.02 worth. Anything that Dan thinks is OK would definately be good enough for me. He checks things out pretty well before he opens that moldy billfold.

Mike

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I will be giving this company a call. It looks like one of these would take care of what I need. Won't have occasion to use it much, so don't want to spend an arm and leg to buy one. Looks good to me!

Thanks for the link....

Mike

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Man Blaine, this hit home with me tonight. Been watching a 25 footer on E-Bay a couple hrs away here in Wisconsin for a few days. It just jumped 800 bucks in the last couple hrs. $3800 something now and it's 3 yrs old. I got to do something too as my old Hudson works fine, it's just too narrow. Thanks for the link.

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In 2004 I bought a brand new H&H 20+5 with their "bobcat ramps" option. i looked at Keiffer, Big Tex, Pro Stock, Featherlite, and a few others i cant recall, and hands down the H&H blew them out of the water. FAR more standard items on mine versus options with the other guys. they also have a 10 year 'strcutural' guarantee on any weld, or piece of steel, plus liftime on the wood! all LED lights, flip down jacks in the back, and these trailers are slick. they are built in SW Iowa and are tough. We also have a 16+2 car trailer with 3500 axles that has been severly overloaded quite a bit, and never flinched! they build a quality unit PERIOD! check em out. my trailer new with the optional tail, taxes, and liscensing was on the road for 4250. that was also the cheapest of the group of trailers i was looking at too :blink:

i think their website is www.hhtrailer.com if i recall correctly.

ill get some pics of it tomorrow in the light. i would say my trailer has about 15K on it for miles, and have done NOTHING to it ever!

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If any of you looking and are willing to travel there is a new 30'er coming up the 22nd at a farm sale near Ashmore IL www.bauerauction.com for details the woodyard sale .

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Does anyone have any experence with a P J trailers? We have a price of $5000.00 for a 20 plus 5 with a popup center section on the dove tail, two jacks, tool box,spare rim and tire. Seemed like a good price until I saw what some of you have been finding.

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